About the ODA


History of the Oklahoma Dental Association

The Lee Hotel in Oklahoma City, later the Lee-Huckins Hotel, as it looked in the early 1900s.On June 16, 1907, inside the historic Lee Hotel in Oklahoma City, the future course of a profession was being charted. Delegates representing 181 dentists of the Oklahoma Territory Dental Association, and 188 dentists of the Indian Territory Dental Association gathered to attend clinics, hear visiting lecturers and somehow find the best way to join their two organizations.

For more information on the rich history of the Oklahoma Dental Association, as well as the profession of dentistry in Oklahoma, please read our Centennial issue of the ODA Journal.


Mission

The Oklahoma Dental Association fosters an awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of the dental profession to society, to help advance the art and science of dentistry, and to promote public health and health services in the State of Oklahoma.

Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be:

  • to promote public health and health services in the State of Oklahoma,
  • to advance the art and science of dentistry,
  • to represent the interest of the members of the dental profession and the public which it serves, and
  • to foster an awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of the dental profession to society.

In the discharge of this purpose the Association shall maintain the status of a chartered constituent society of the American Dental Association and shall be represented in the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association as provided by the Constitution and Bylaws of that Association.